Ready to Worship Season 5, Episode 8 for Friday, March 17, 2017
God is a God of remembrance. He remembers man and He wants man to remember Him. Worship is a special time of remembrance for man. It is a time when we bring certain things about God to our remembrance. For several individuals in the Scriptures, it was a time for remembering God’s holiness (Ex. 3:5; Psa. 30:4; Isa. 6:1-8).
God is a God of remembrance. He remembers man and He wants man to remember Him. Throughout history, God has given memorials or reminders to man. The Sabbath day and the Passover feast are good examples in the Old Testament. The first day of the week and the Lord’s Supper are good examples in the New Testament.
Worship is a special time of remembrance. It is a time when we bring certain things about God to our minds. For several individuals in the Scriptures, it was a time for remembering God’s holiness.
Worship was a time when Moses remembered God’s holiness. Think of Moses before the burning bush. Think of what he was he told, “Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground” (Ex. 3:5). I’m sure that the bush that was burning but was not consumed not only drew Moses’ initial attention, but also held it. It was a constant reminder that he was in the presence of the living God.
Worship was a time when David remembered God’s holiness. In the thirtieth psalm, David wrote, “Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness” (Psalms 30:4). In the ninety-seventh psalm, we find similar words, “Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness” (Psa. 97:12). Clearly, God’s holiness was on David’s mind when he worshipped.
Worship was a time when Isaiah remembered God’s holiness. When Isaiah found himself lifted up before God holy presence, he felt undone and unclean. We read, “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me” (Isa. 6:1-8).
As we get ready to worship this week, we should also remember God’s holiness. We can join great men of the past like Moses, David, and Isaiah as we do so.
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